Motoring Offences - Foreign Drivers

If you are visiting the UK or have relocated here and failed to exchange your driving licence, we may be able to help if you have been accused of committing a driving offence.

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Non-EU residents who exchange their driving licence entitlement for a UK provisional licence will be considered new drivers after passing their driving test. This means that you will be subject to the 2 year probationary period just as resident drivers would be. If, within this time, you get 6 penalty points on your driving licence, you risk having your licence revoked and your entitlement to drive cancelled.

For those drivers who are non-UK citizens, complex rules govern how, and for how long you can drive on your licence if you do not exchange it for a UK driving licence.

In our experience, we have found that the police often give incorrect advice to motorists that fall into this category. The implications of driving outside of the remit of your licence are far reaching and could even invalidate your insurance, leading to a further offence of driving without insurance.

Further complications can occur with the recognition of disqualifications from England and Wales in some European states. For this reason alone, it is extremely important for you to find out if you have been disqualified from driving in England and Wales and whether this disqualification will be transferred to your home state. An offence of driving whilst disqualified is committed if the offence is recognised by their state when they return and continue to drive. In this instance, it would be the laws of your own home country that dictate what happens to you and your licence.

What we can do to help

We can help to guide you through the rules and laws relating to you and your licence from your home country. This area of law can be particularly complex because it deals not only with the laws of the UK but also the laws of another country.

Before taking any action, you should contact a specialist motoring offences solicitor so you have the full picture and can make an informed decision on what legal action you may wish to take.

Don't risk taking your penalty home with you or losing your licence in the UK, getting early legal advice is the best decision you can make.


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Julie Robertson - Motoring Offences and Criminal Defence Solicitor - Manchester

Julie Robertson
Partner, Head of Motoring & Criminal Defences

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